Gas leak in Alfredton shuts Cuthberts Road

A ruptured gas main kept Alfredton residents indoors on Monday afternoon, with the police and CFA blocking off a large section of Cuthberts Road for the public's safety. 

Workers digging on a nature strip on the corner of Victory Avenue and Cuthberts Rd either drilled into the pipe itself or pushed a rock into it, according to police. 

The incident happened about 1pm, and Cuthberts Rd was only re-opened after 3.30 pm, with work on pipes continuing on Tuesday. 

Police came across the leak after attending a call 500 metres down the road, which the CFA decided was a false alarm after testing the air for gas. 

Three fire crews attended the scene, and only declared the area safe after workers put in a bypass mechanism that skipped the main. 

Ausnet workers will return on Tuesday to repair the damaged gas main section, according to a spokesman. 

A resident, who did not want to named, said it was the latest in a string of incidents for the street. 

"We can't catch a trick here. We had the power out last week and roadworks for six months," he said. 


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